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10,000 names adorn the special bike prepared for the Olympics, but which Sánchez didn’t get to ride because of injury

Orbea prepared a very special bike for the Beijing 2008 gold medal winner Samuel Sánchez to race at last year’s London Olympic Games, but an injury during the Tour de France ruled him out of the race. The bike got the airing it deserved at the recent Tirreno-Adriatico, however.

The bike is unique in that it has names of the 10,000 people on it who chose to support Samu before the Olympics. And now the bike could be yours. Yes, we kid you not, Orbea are giving this very special collector’s bike away. All you have to do is head to their Facebook page and hit the like button, and all names will go into a virtual hat, with a winner being plucked on 27 May, the last day of the Giro d’Italia.

The bike is Orbea’s flagship Orca Gold, raced by Sánchez’s Euskaltel Euskadi team. The Spanish company’s frames certainly stand out from the pack with a distinctly sculptured frame and bold paint job making it hard to miss. It’s a cutting-edge frame and the tubes have been shaped with aerodynamics a key consideration, but without a reduction in the stiffness.

All cables are routed internally and they use Gore Ride On cables to provide a fully sealed system. There’s a tapered head tube and BB30 bottom bracket, and a unique seat clamp.

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.